Thursday, September 17, 2009

I.C.E. News

Missouri poultry processing plant pays $450,000 fine for hiring illegal aliens
"SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A southwest Missouri poultry-processing plant where 136 illegal alien workers were arrested in 2007 paid a $450,000 administrative fine Friday as a result of a worksite enforcement investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
George's Processing Inc. (George's) paid the fine on September 11 as part of a settlement agreement. George's was ordered to pay the fine within 30 days in federal court on Aug. 14, 2009. ICE will use the funds to promote future law enforcement programs and activities in worksite enforcement.
The settlement further directs George's to train its human resource managers and employees on how to avoid hiring illegal aliens, and to establish a compliance program to ensure that it's hiring and employment practices are in accordance with U.S. immigration laws. The fine paid by George's does not constitute any admission of wrongdoing by the company
"Significant fines help hold businesses accountable to ensure a legal workforce," said Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for ICE John Morton. 'ICE works diligently to oversee corporate responsibility and to protect jobs for this country's lawful workers.'"

Owner of Missouri roofing company pleads guilty to hiring illegal aliens
"SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The owner of a southwest Missouri roofing company pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to hiring illegal aliens as a result of a worksite enforcement investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Russell D. Taylor, 31, of Bolivar, Mo., waived his right to a grand jury. He pleaded guilty Sept. 14 before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England, Western District of Missouri. Taylor operated a business as Taylor-Made Roofing, aka Taylor-Made Contractors.
Taylor admitted that from August 2006 through April 2008, he hired, contracted and sub-contracted for hire to obtain illegal aliens to work for him."

3 West Coast men indicted for traveling to Cambodia to have sex with children
Charges stem from ongoing federal enforcement initiative - Operation Twisted Traveler
"LOS ANGELES - The first three defendants charged under an international law enforcement initiative targeting Americans who travel to Cambodia to sexually exploit children were formally indicted by a federal grand jury today.
The men are accused of international travel and engaging in illicit sexual conduct with minors, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison for each count. The defendants, who have been in custody here since their removal from Cambodia two weeks ago, are scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 21.
'As these indictments make clear, U. S. citizens who travel abroad to molest children will find no haven from prosecution,' said the acting U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California George S. Cardona. 'It is a violation of federal law for U. S. citizens to go to another country and molest children, and violators of this law will be prosecuted.'"

Miami man convicted of trafficking in counterfeit Cuban cigars
"According to evidence presented at trial, Perez manufactured more than 50 boxes of counterfeit cigars and sold them to an undercover MDPD detective. Perez manufactured and sold the counterfeit cigars from his Miami home. The cigar boxes were meticulously detailed replicas of well-known cigar brands including Montecristo, Cohiba, Romeo y Julieta, Trinidad, and others, all of which brands are trademark protected in the United States. The cigar boxes falsely represented that the enclosed cigars were Cuban. The defendant sold each counterfeit box of cigars for $45."

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